Liturgy and Prayers
Live Streams and Video Broadcasts
7.45am – Morning Prayer
Stations of the cross (a new reflection for each day of Holy Week until Easter)
5.15pm – Evening prayer
7pm –Reflection for Holy Week by Bishop John Perumbalath, followed by compline.
Worship and Activities for All Ages
Listen - Look - Act - Pray
Listen and Watch
Podcast- Walking the Way of the Cross, Prayers and Reflections on the BIblical Stations of the Cross.
By Stephen Cottrell, Paula Gooder and Philip North courtesy of St Nicholas Durham Website.
Podcast- Song of Songs Part 2, The Gospel Heard Through Folk Song, St Leonard's Lexden
Music- Bach's St Matthew's Passion
Video - Holy Reflections for Tuesday by Bishop John with Compline
Video- Judas by Rev Caroline Beckett
Read and reflect
Why do you think Judas went to the chief priests and temple officers?
What do you think about what Judas did?
How do you think Jesus felt?
Is there anything else you want to think or say about this story?
Taxing, A Poem by Revd Caroline Beckett
‘What do you think, Jesus?
Should we pay tax to the emperor or not?’
The question was designed to trap him.
Jump either way, and he was as good as dead.
If he said pay it, he was a Roman collaborator,
Betrayer of his faith and nation,
His Jewish following would evaporate.
If he said don’t, then a rebel against Rome
And thus a target for their violence.
Stay silent? He would seem to have no wisdom.
The trap was set. We all waited.
‘Show me the coin used to pay the tax.’
We wondered what he meant,
But I dug in my pocket -
Handed him the coin without thinking.
He never had any money, it was a standing joke.
He looked at it a long time
And his looking made us look.
It looked so small, nestled in his great tough palm
Covered in a carpenter’s calluses.
Such a small thing, to decide a man’s life or death.
‘Whose face do you see? Whose name is on it?’
Someone answered out of reflex, ‘Caesar’s.’
He smiled, flipped the coin in his hand, tossed it back to me.
‘If it has his name on it, it must be his.
So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s.’
Within the Temple courts the coin was worthless anyway.
A gentile thing, defiled and defiling,
With its graven image of a false god.
It needed to be exchanged for Temple money to be holy.
So toss it back to the Romans,
You don’t know where it’s been.
Smiles from the Jews whose pride he appealed to,
Smiles from the Romans whose laws he honoured.
Smiles all around until – wait - he hadn’t finished.
‘And give back to God what is God’s.’
What did he mean?
It took me a while to understand it.
It wasn’t until I looked back in my mind at that day,
Saw his hands tracing the image on the coin.
The image. Stamped, indelible, giving the coin its identity.
We are made in the image of God, all of us.
Man and woman, we are his,
Bearing his likeness and his name.
We are his, indelibly, eternally.
We should give ourselves back to him. How?
Jesus did it bloodily, sacrificially, courageously.
How shall I do it?
I have spent the rest of my life trying to answer that question.
Visual Display by Emma Anderton
On Palm Sunday we asked you to collect leaves from the garden, or make leaves from green paper place them on the tray in the centre of your prayer space.
Today add some coins to the tray.
Judas betrays Jesus: Take a rubbing of some coins by placing coins underneath paper and rubbing over with wax crayons.
Where do we spend our money?
What can we do with our money to help others?
Holy Week Table Display by Rachel Summers
On Palm Sunday we provided instruction to make a table display using advent candles or tea lights on a tray.
Here's what you can do today:
Light all five candles, then snuff two out. Add two small ‘scrolls’ of paper (take a small rectangle of paper, roll it up, and tie it).
Jesus spent today teaching, both in the temple, and on the Mount of Olives. One of the things he taught about was the law, which he summarised simply as ‘love God’, and ‘love your neighbour’.
Maybe you can pass around the two scrolls and think of one thing you can do this week to love God and love your neighbour?
Holy Week Window Gallery by Rachel Summers.
On Palm Sunday we provided instruction to make a Window Gallery.
Here's what you might make to put in your gallery today:
Cut out two hearts.
Write ‘Love God’ on one, and ‘Love your neighbour’ on the other, to show how Jesus summarized the laws, simply but powerfully.
Baking our way through Holy Week by Rachel Summers
Jesus not only smashed things up in the temple, but also returned to it to share teaching with those inside. One of the things he spoke about was the law. Jesus summed up the entirety of the books of the law with two simple and easy to remember ideas- love God, and love your neighbour. Simple and easy to remember; not so easy to do in practice!
Today we’ll make heart shaped biscuits to remind us of Jesus’ summary of the law.
- Cream together 250g of butter or margarine and 260g of caster sugar. Mix in one egg and a tsp of vanilla essence. Add 1tsp of baking powder and ½ tsp of salt to 650g of plain flour, then add this a little at a time to the butter and sugar mixture. There’s quite a lot of flour to get through, so add it bit by bit and work it in carefully. Let the dough chill in the fridge for half an hour before rolling it out.
- While the dough is chilling, draw a heart shape on a piece of paper. We are going old-fashioned style for these biscuits, because I’m assuming you don’t have a drawer of random biscuit cutters that have just been waiting for this moment. If you do have a heart shaped cutter, feel free to ignore me for this paragraph! My ancient baking book assumes nobody has shaped cutters, and suggests that you draw a template, then use it by laying it on the dough and cutting round it with a knife. And this really does work fine, much better than you’d expect. If you’d like to be a bit more high tech, fashion a heart shape out of a strip of card, and tape it together. Wrap this all in aluminium foil, and voila! Your own bespoke heart cutter!
- You all back with me now? Good. Roll out the dough, and cut out heart shapes. You’ll need an even number- why? You’ll find out in a minute. Pop them on a baking tray, and into an oven at 180 degrees/GM4 for about ten minutes, then leave them to cool.
- Mix up some buttercream icing. I can’t give you measurements for this because I do it by eye and by intuition! Apologies. Basically spoon yourself some butter or margarine into a bowl, add a good heap of icing sugar and beat it in. Keep adding more icing sugar until it feels nice and thick. If you have some pink or red food colouring in the cupboard, add a little of this, too. You’re going to use the icing to sandwich the biscuits together, two at a time. With each biscuit, you can remember Jesus’s words as you stick them together- Love God, and Love your neighbour.
As you have a cup of tea and share them, maybe virtually with family and friends, you can talk together about ways in which you keep both of those laws.
As you look at money or pictures of money, ask God to help you think about the question of how we spend our money and how could we use it to help others?
Resources for each day
The links below take you to the resources for the relevant day
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